4 May 2017

Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:20 pm on 4 May 2017

There can be a lot of confusion and distrust surrounding dietary advice for diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Last week, we spoke with one of the authors of an opinion piece published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, who argued the belief that saturated fats clog up the arteries, and so cause coronary heart disease, is just "plain wrong". But, that the disease is instead caused by chronic inflammation. But there are varying opinions in the medical community and not everyone agrees with the editorial piece. So when it comes to the causes of heart disease, what should we believe? Dr David Sullivan is a physician and chemical pathologist in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.

Saturated fat and heart disease.

Saturated fat and heart disease. Photo: Pixabay

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